Decide on MA setup.

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  1. Jazz Monkey Jr

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    I have been looking in to a new 5.1 system and I have decided on the following.

    MA radius HD r225 for front and centre
    MA radius HD r180 for rear
    MA RSW-12 sub
    Onkyo SR876
    Panasonic DMP-BD35

    I am hoping this will blow my socks off, any advice, opinions?

    Here is my room with my BOSE lifestyle 12. Will I be best to put the sub next to the AV gear on the right?


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    I just have to convince the wife now. :)
     
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  3. Jazz Monkey Jr

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    I can't have floorstanders because of the kids. I thought this would be the best set up with my budget?

    The room is 5m x 3m so not massive but a good space. Also solid floors (asphalt) and new flooring going down soon.
     
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    I recommend the GSLR10 and both 225's accross - the latest ones of course. Plus two GS rears and a REL sub or something.

    Can your budget accomodate that?
     
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    I want the 225 and 180's as I am wall mounting them all, around £2000 really is the max.
     
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    I agree, in that room they need to be wall mounted.

    Having gone from a Bose system like yours to R270HD front, R225HD centre and R90HD rear and a decent sub I guarantee it will blow your socks off.

    The major problem with the Bose is the lack of meaningfull base from the Acoustimass module.

    I ran the Bose with an SVS sub for a few months and it did transform them but they do also lack the clarity and depth that the MA will give you, I'm genuinely hearing sounds from films and music that the Bose never reproduced.

    I was all set for the RSW-12 sub myself but having read lots of opinions in the sub forum decided the SVS SB12-Plus was the way to go, it's about £300 cheaper and sounds fantastic.
     
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    The BOSE has served me well for 8 years. The acoustimass does struggle and the speakers have no real sense of depth and don't produce stero that well, apart from that they are pretty good. ;)
    I fell for the BOSE hype when I went to a hi-fi show in Preston and they were domo'ing it there, I paid £1750 for it and have been reluctant to upgrade to try and get my moneys worth.
     
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    This is great reliable reviewing of both systems. Spot on. Yes I admit I have yet to hear the HD Upgrades but this should be the option to choose. Especially as you have the decentcy to realise that BOSE is not the best and mainly pure marketing reliance. Plus the MA's will warm up and are not out of the box like other major brands.

    Re original poster: As you are set with your upgrades and you are sensible with your purchasing to you would appreciate the warming of the speakres over time.
     
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    I had my Bose for a similar time frame having also fallen for the hype.

    Trust me, you won't regret upgrading to the MA
     
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    I am going for a demo on Friday so looking forward to that. I haven't really watched many films recently as I sold my PS3 that I used for blu-ray so will only be using a xbox 360 for films for now so I won't be getting the full quality from the speakers.
    I will also mainly be using MP3 for music but should sound good at higher bitrates.
    I will have to put blu-ray down as the next purchase.
     
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    have you thought about the r45hd,s? i recently bought 2 from someone off here and bought 2 more to replace the 4 cheap sony things i had on the wall. used as rears these speakers relly do defy there size. they go very very loud but that rear firing tweeter really does spread the sound around the room . if you could demo these as rears im sure they would put a smile on your face lol.
     
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    I am going for the 180's at the rear, I think the 45's will be a bit weak when I have the 225's at the front and the onyko amp powering them.
     
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    As a compromise between Gold series standmount/floorstander and the wall-mounted Radius speakers, have you considered the MA in-wall range?

    I fitted a pair of W280-LCRs for a friend in a 4.5m wide room with no centre and they sounded really good. With a 3m wide room you almost certainly wouldn't need a centre. The speakers have good stereo imaging and the amp will just mix the centre channel into the stereo pair for you. You should be able to fit these or 380s and some lower range in-wall/in-ceiling rears well within your budget.

    I liked the W280s so much that I bought myself a pair of C380s for my bedroom. I fitted them last week and they're great!
     
  14. Jazz Monkey Jr

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    The in-walls are not an option on that wall, it is an outside wall with a very hot fireplace. I definately need a centre speaker. I am demo'ing it tomorrow of Friday so will report back.
     
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    Out of curiosity, is there a specific reason that you require a centre speaker? I have one in my setup and my room is of similar dimensions to yours but if I were to do it all again I'd spend my money on better fronts. I do listen to a lot of music too so perhaps I have a slight bias towards stereo but the centre speaker doesn't add much, if anything, in my 7.1 setup except for taking up the entire top shelf on my rack and being something else to keep clean. :)
     
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    I mainly will use it for movies, so the centre is very important, it is going above the plasma anyway so should look alright. I can't get any better fronts that will go on the wall, the next wall ones are too big.
     
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    mp3 never sounds good full stop. Use wav or flac or lossless. Monitor Audio have fantastic voice playback. I use my PS3 but am realyl frustrated with blu-ray coding and will need code free player with the amount of asain films I buy
     
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    with this set up your amp is too powerful. Get the gold for the centre and the 225s then wait on the rears. Get them later. That's my recomemndation.
     
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    I have no choice for the centre, it has to go above the TV and anything but the 225 will not look right or be too big.
     
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    The golds will definitely be unsuitable, the centre is way too big to be located anywhere above the fireplace.

    I'd also suggest denmoing R90's for rears, and get the best centre/front pair you can get (don't know the radius model numbers, but there is a very wide centre available, saw it in Sevenoaks at the weekend)

    When positioning a Sub, try not to position with equal distance from both walls near a corner as can cause some sound issues.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    The 225 is about as big as I can go for the centre, the next one up won't really offer any improvement with the same drivers, it is a slightly bigger cabinet for will look too big next to the 42" plasma.
    The sub will go at the front, either next to the hi-fi unit on the right or it may have to go on the left corner next to the couch to keep it away from the kids, I will try both positions when I finally get the kit as I will run a sub cable to the left before I get the floor done.
    My budget will stretch to 180's for the rears, they should perform well with the amp.
     
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    Duel 225s and an upgrade on the sub then. Try to get 180's but make more allowance for the sub as that would have to work hard.
     
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    An upgrade on the RSW-12?
     
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    The Sub will be more than up to the task, in fact probably overkill if wanting to get particular.
     
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    It didn't sound overkill when I demo'ed it but it wasn't set up right. I am hoping the guys at Quantum will show me what it can do.
     
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    I have ordered the 876 and MA 225hd's for the front 3, I will buy the 2 180's and RSW 12 sub in a few weeks hopefully.
    Thanks to quantumUK for advice and a good price on the system which will be delivered a week Monday when I come back from hols.
     
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    Interesting thread let us know how it sounds. I am well impressed with MA kit mine just sounds better and better.

    I dont think I will ever visit the cinema again:thumbsup:
     
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    Hi.
    Sorry to barge in.

    As you guys are owners and just love the sound of Monitor Audio spks, I would like to ask you this question.

    I haven't got the chance to book a demo with my hifi dealer yet to listen to the MA Gold Sig 20 or 60.

    I love listening to beaty driven Dance, House and R'n'B but I feel my Kef Ref 1:2 do sound a bit refined or polite sounding and not exciting enough. I am using MF Pre & Pwr amps.

    So I would like to know from you guys whether the MA GS20 or GS60's spks will be great for my kind of music. I really need that tight,fast and exciting sought of sound to do justice to the quality of my amps.

    Your opinions would be most appreciated.

    :):cool:
     
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    Hi Gyrodec, GS series on the back of MF should be great for the type of music you listen to. Any more questions, best off creating a new thread and we'll advise there:thumbsup:
     
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    I don't mind anyone barging in. :smashin:
    Until about 2 weeks ago I hadn't heard of monitor audio. I am only getting 3 225's and Onkyo 876 on Monday but it will be interesting to see how it sounds on their own, I hope the 876 will impress me. I will be getting the 180's for the rear and the RSW-12 sub in a couple of weeks so will have to wait for the full experience. I only wnet for MA as they seem the best ones for the wall, pics to follow.
     

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